Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Performance

The School of Music and Dance has the largest full-time, in-residence music faculty on the West Coast north of Los Angeles. The school is grounded in the strength of the traditional canon and fosters the creation and performance of new work.

In addition to the Division of Graduate Studies' requirements for doctoral degrees, the School of Music and Dance has the following core and general requirements. For additional information, contact the music graduate office or consult the Info for Grad Students webpage.

At least one-half of the required credits must be in courses intended for graduate students only.

When a graduate student is required to enroll as a full-time graduate student (e.g., doctoral residency, graduate employee), the student may not use undergraduate credits as part of the required 9 graduate credits for full-time enrollment. However, undergraduate credits that exceed the 9 graduate credits are acceptable.

MUS 611Research Methods in Music3
MUS 629Repertoire and Analysis3
MUE 641College Music Teaching3
Select two of the following:6
Music in the Middle Ages
Music in the Renaissance
Music in the Baroque Era
Music in the Classical Period
Music in the Romantic Era
Music in the 20th Century
Total Credits15

Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Performance

Options are available in bassoon, cello, clarinet, collaborative piano, data-driven instruments, euphonium, flute, harp, horn, oboe, percussion, solo piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin, and voice.

Two or more seminars or courses in musicology-ethnomusicology or theory at the graduate level6-8
MUE 639Pedagogy and Practicum: [Topic]3
MUP 765Music Performance Studies: [Topic] (Performance Studies) 224
MUS 607Seminar: [Topic] (DMA Thesis Organization)2
MUS 650–652Piano Literature 39
One of the following: 16-18
Research: [Topic] (Lecture, Document)
MUE 563Pedagogy Methods: Violin and Viola 42
MUE 564Advanced Violin/Viola Pedagogy 42
MUE 565Somatics for String Players 41
Total Credits55-69

General Degree Requirements

Other courses. Eight credits of non-music courses (excluding basic language courses taken to fulfill the language requirement, and courses taken to fulfill the research development requirement) chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor. Students in the PhD program in music education are exempt from this requirement. 

Ensemble. Students in piano performance must enroll in three terms of piano accompaniment courses [The Collaborative Pianist (MUS 521)The Collaborative Pianist (MUS 522)The Collaborative Pianist (MUS 523)]. Students in music performance (collaborative piano option) must enroll in three terms of chamber ensemble accompaniment courses—Chamber Ensemble: [Topic] (MUS 694). DMA students in voice, wind, string, or percussion performance must enroll in six consecutive terms of ensemble (or two cycles of three consecutive terms). Students must audition for ensemble placement before each fall term. Ensembles approved to fulfill this requirement are: University Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, University Singers, Chamber Choir, and Opera Workshop. Other ensembles (e.g. Collegium Musicum, Oregon Jazz Ensemble, etc.) may fulfill this requirement, at the discretion of the faculty auditioning committee and the student’s applied instructor.

In making assignments, the ensemble auditioning committee and applied instructors consider the needs of the school’s ensembles, the student’s preference, level of ability, major performance medium, and the student’s educational and musical needs.

Language.  Students in voice must complete two years of college study in French, German, or Italian and one year of college study in each of the other two.

Research Development. DMA and PhD students must complete eight credits (or two courses) in research development, chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor. Credits cannot be used to fulfill the requirement of eight non-music credits.

Additional Requirement

Three public performances (subject to pre-recital approval by faculty jury) on the University of Oregon campus, including one solo recital. 

In addition, students in the collaborative piano option must meet the following requirements:

Collaborative Piano Option

MUS 555–556Lyric Diction6
MUS 567–568Solo Vocal Music6
MUS 575History of Opera4
MUS 691Collegium Musicum (one term)3
MUP 635Music Performance Studies: [Topic] (Performance Studies: Harpsichord)2
MUS 694Chamber Ensemble: [Topic] (Chamber Ensemble) (3 terms) 23
Two art history courses 38

Data-Driven Instruments Option

MUS 550Sensor Music3
MUS 570History of Electroacoustic Music3
MUS 571Musical Performance Networks3